Public Sector

Woods undertake removal activities for a range of Public sector clients, with a wide and varied portfolio some of which have listed status. Often operating as the lead contractor on site, our clients entrust us with their specialist work thanks to our wealth of experience and proven track record.


Tyne Pedestrian and Cyclist Tunnels - Newcastle

Woods were appointed as Principal Contractor to undertake asbestos removal and encapsulation works to the Tyne Pedestrian and Cyclist Tunnels (TPCT) in Newcastle.

The Grade II listed TPCT opened in 1951 to provide a cross-Tyne connection between Howdon and Jarrow.

The tunnels included the first purpose-built cycle tunnel in the UK and the first to be used by both cyclists and pedestrians.

When the TPCT opened, the Waygood-Otis escalators were the highest single-rise escalators in the world with a vertical rise of 84ft (26m) and a continuous length of 197ft (60m). Today the escalators are the longest wooden-thread escalators in the world.

Our works comprised of a full decontamination to the whole of the TPCT including encapsulation works where required. The project commenced in June 2016 and was successfully completed in February 2017.

Client: North East Combined Authority

Duration: 28 weeks





Spode Factory (China Halls)

Josiah Spode 1 acquired the site in 1776 and Spode wares were made there continuously until 2008. In the 19th century it was one of the two largest potteries in Staffordshire boasting some 22 bottle ovens and employing around a thousand people.

In 2015 a new regeneration scheme worth more than £19 million over 15 years was granted to transform the historic pottery factory into a hub for artists creating 43 new studios.

The first phase of bringing the Spode works back into use was to commission Woods to remove 2500m2 of asbestos sprayed coating to the factory ceilings using multi-point needle injection and then removing the remaining residues with wet quill blasting. Additional control measures were adopted throughout this process incorporating hearing protection, air fed RPE with dust filters, water vapour protection filters for the NPU’s, hourly monitoring of the NPU performance and increased personal monitoring.

This work enabled Spode to house the British Ceramics Biennial, transforming the former production halls into a new 40,000 sq ft exhibition space.

Client: Stoke-On-Trent City Council

Duration: 16 weeks





Wolverhampton Civic and Wulfrun Halls

Woods were appointed as Principal Contractor to remove sprayed asbestos and debris from internal walls, boiler rooms, balcony ceilings and to both high level loft spaces above the Civic and Wulfrun Halls. Both lofts were accessed by two large birdcage scaffolds installed by Woods also acting as crash decks whilst the works were in progress.

Extensive protection was required to the concert hall floors to protect from damage and preserve the buildings listed status. The Civic Hall is a music venue in Wolverhampton and has been one of the most notable live music venues in the county for decades. The complex is owned and managed by Wolverhampton City Council and is a Grade II listed building.

The removal works are part of a £10m revamp that will increase the capacity of the venue to 5,000 and create new bars and toilets and access for disabled visitors will also be upgraded.

Client: Wolverhampton City Council

Duration: 12 Weeks




Better Barnsley – Town Centre Buildings

As part of the Better Barnsley Regeneration project to make significant improvements to Barnsley Town Centre, Woods were contracted to remove pigeon guano, undertake controlled soft-strip works and remove AIB boarding to the seven storey TEC building, Civic Offices and surrounding shop units. Woods as Principal Contractor had total responsibility for services co-ordination, welfare, site security and sub-contractors.

The erection of temporary screens/hoarding and suitable warning signage were implemented to segregate the works from council employees and other building users, members pf the public and occupiers from adjacent businesses.

Client: Barnsley Metropolitan Council

Duration: 23 Weeks



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